Redevelopment of Frenchay campus due to start shortly
Published on: 30 Jun 2013
WORK is due to begin within the next few months on the redevelopment of the University of the West of England’s Frenchay campus.
South Gloucestershire councillors have approved UWE Bristol’s ambitious proposals for the 136-acre site.
The first project to get under way is likely to be a new students’ union building.
The scheme, which will take several years to complete, includes new and refurbished academic buildings and student accommodation as well as a new public transport hub, an on-campus hotel and improved pedestrian and cycle routes through the site.
Eventually it will mean the university can provide for all its 25,000 students on one site, meaning the closure of other campuses including Glenside at Stapleton and St Matthias in Fishponds.
UWE Bristol has been working on the plans since it bought 70 acres adjoining its original campus from Hewlett Packard in 2008.
It says the redevelopment will l transform the way the university works, providing a modern environment for students and services that will also be available to employers and the local community.
Plans for the site also include a 21,700-seater staium for Bristol Rovers, which was given planning permission earlier this year.
South Gloucestershire Council’s development control committee chairman Councillor Dave Hockey welcomed the decision to approve UWE Bristol’s masterplan.
He said: “This is a further positive step in the development of the UWE site and the North Fringe area.
“The university is a major local employer and as a council we are proud to have such an ambitious and prestigious institution in our district.
“I am delighted that we have been able to respond positively to the university’s application and look forward to the developments bringing further economic, cultural and infrastructure benefits for South Gloucestershire and the wider region.”
UWE Bristol’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steve West, said: “This is an important milestone for the university in bringing forward our vision to enhance the learning environment that students of the 21st century deserve.
“We now have a golden opportunity to develop our university in a way that will bring huge benefits to current and future students, staff and the local community with a green, pleasant, healthy and sustainable campus.
“UWE is a vibrant, forward looking and modern university, and the development of these plans will attract students, connect to our community and enable us to compete effectively with other national and international education organisations.”